Thursday, February 28, 2008
9:12 PM |
The Local Fiction Front
I haven't really written anything since the story I wrote last month, and in many ways, that scares me. No, disappoints
me. Because I had planned to churn out fiction like there was no tomorrow, because there really is no excuse for the parse inventory. Of course, I could always blame the unique and unexpected brutality of February with all its twists, demands, and medical emergencies. But that's just one big excuse. Still, there are the writing projects I have made firm commitments to finish (there's the anthology of Silliman fictionists I have been given a grant to compile and finish by August...), and just a while back, an American anthologist emailed me that he was including my story "Old Movies" in an upcoming book centering around the mystique of Ava Gardner. I said sure. Have never really been anthologized in the U.S. before, so this is something new. (Incidentally, that story is also the one
story I've written that a famous French literary journal had translated to French. I have no idea what makes "Old Movies" so international, but it's all so interesting.) Then there's also the newish story in Ma'am Jing's new anthology, so I guess this year is turning out finer than usual. But still, I feel kinda stuck, and I really want to finish something new now
. These days, I'm thinking about sexy stories more than usual, so that may be the direction I'd be taking in the next few stabs at fiction. A writer-friend (whom I can't name here, but is one of the best female writers of her generation) tells me she is actually writing erotica under a pseudonym for Danish soft-porn magazines, and is really excited about the whole genre. "Hey, why don't we do a trifecta of erotic writings -- an anthology of three!" she told me. I asked her, "Who'd be the third party?" And she said with glee: "Sarge Lacuesta!" Interesting.
And so I told her, "I'm in." But let's see how this goes...
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